Just in time for spring, the Walker Art Center presents its first
Local Artist T-Shirt Mart
from 11 am–5 pm Saturday, April 17, in Cargill Lounge. The latest t-shirt designs for adults and children by locally based artists ranging from design collective Burlesque of North America to internationally renowned photographer Alec Soth will be on sale. Proceeds from all sales support the Walker’s artistic and educational programs. This event is part of MNFashion Week, April 16–25, 2010. For more information: www.mnfashionweek.com.
Saman Bemel Benrud
Benrud, the designer behind Minty Fresh Monster Apparel, is a Minneapolis native and recent graduate of St. Olaf College who was raised on comic books, video games, and the Internet. When he’s not designing t-shirts, he’s hard at work on large-scale drawings or doodling in a sketchbook.
Burlesque of North America
Burlesque of North America is a mob of graphic designers, illustrators, screenprinters, poster slingers, photographers, record collectors, exacto-knifers, pixel pushers, and BBQ mock duck eaters. Their t-shirts feature the perfect combination of humor and design sensibility and can be found gracing the chests of art-lovers from Minneapolis to Montreal, from Osseo to Osaka. Beyond shirts, Burlesque has been keeping busy designing and screenprinting album packaging, posters, logos, and stage backdrops for Rock the Garden, Arcade Fire, Rhymesayers, 89.3 The Current, Nike, Kidrobot, First Avenue, Target, and many others.
Lovely Mpls is Keven Hayes’ Northeast Minneapolis graphic design and print workspace. His handcrafted work reflects his interests in the urban landscape, typography, calligraphy, contemporary music, and street culture. Using screenprinting, letterpress, and fine art techniques, he incorporates paper, wood, textiles, and a variety of other materials to create a truly unique experience for those who encounter his pieces.
Helen Jerlach created Numsi Design shortly after the birth of her first child to create the same aesthetic she strives for in her “grown-up” world—simple, crisp, and minimal, yet beautiful and arresting. In addition to adult and children’s t-shirts, she produces wall art blocks and notecards.
The idea for Sara Lintner’s Too Many Suitors hatched in her senior year of college and expanded to larger-scale production after completing her BFA in Graphic Design in 2006 and settling into her first full-time design job. Her creative touch even reaches to the labels on her t-shirts. As the perfectionist Virgo that she is, Sara has been working diligently to perfect her line of high-design, yet affordable goods.
Alec Soth/Lester B. Morrison
Acclaimed artist Alec Soth has published several books and a t-shirt through his publishing arm Little Brown Mushroom. Soth’s photographs have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a survey exhibition of his work was presented at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. The Walker Art Center will premiere his first major U.S. survey, exploring the past 15 years of his work, September 12, 2010–January 2, 2011. Soth has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation (1999, 2004) and Jerome Foundation (2001), was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and was short-listed for the highly prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Putting aside a scientific career, designer Sarah Nassif opted to use her botany degree as inspiration for her original line of textile motifs—modern takes on leaves, prairie flora, and trees created from her photographs of the Midwest and beyond. Her Rectangle Design line of hand-screenprinted t-shirts features water-based inks. Remnant fabrics, vintage notions, and environmentally sensitive production methods figure strongly in her designs.
Christine Solheim, originally from Wisconsin, learned to screen print in high school. After designing t-shirts for herself and her friends for years, she now sells her Future Lint t-shirts online. When not working at her job at a K-12 public arts school or making art, she can be found playing baseball, sailing, or riding her bike around town.